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EndNote X9 Guide

Getting Started

What is Endnote?

EndNote is a software application for storing, managing, searching and sharing your references. This EndNote guide is based on EndNote X9.

EndNote can help you:

  • Format references in the appropriate style
  • Add citations and bibliographies in Word documents
  • Share your references with others

Note: EndNote will not teach you how to reference correctly, nor will it do your referencing for you. You still need to have a good understanding of the principles of referencing before using any citation manager. For guidance on referencing in the various styles used by Murdoch University, please go to our referencing guide.

Murdoch University has a license to EndNote, which allows you to download a copy to your own device for your research and study.

You can access a PDF copy of our EndNote Training Guide below. Please consult the training guide first; if you have more specific issues please visit our Ask a Librarian desk from Monday – Friday 10am -2pm.

Create a new library

The first time you use EndNote, you will need to create a library.

To create an EndNote library:

  • Click on File > New
  • On your own machines, you may want to:
    • Rename your Library (useful for sharing libraries), or
    • Choose a different folder if you prefer
  • Click Save.

This will create two files with the same name:

  • A library file (.enl)
  • A folder of data files (.data).

Both files need to be in the same location in order for EndNote to work correctly.

Note: It is strongly recommended that you keep all your references together in one EndNote Library to avoid problems when writing papers or moving files between computers. We will show you later how to organise references using Groups.

Download EndNote X9

EndNote X9 is available for all Murdoch University staff and students to download here:

You will be asked to login with your Murdoch login details.

For help with installing EndNote, please contact Murdoch IT Services:

  • Phone +61 8 9360 2000
  • Email:
  • In person: IT Service Desk, inside the Murdoch University Library entrance off Bush Court at the South Street Campus.

Click here for a chart that compares EndNote X9 to previous versions.

EndNote training sessions

Customise your layout

If you prefer, you can rearrange the default view provided by EndNote:

  • To show or hide the Search menu click on Hide Search panel. 
  • To rearrange the screen, click on Layout in the bottom right hand corner

Set up preview and select your referencing style

On the Preview tab of the Reference panel, you will be able to see how the reference would look like in a document, in the referencing style of your choice.

To select your required referencing style:

  • Select the appropriate style in the drop-down menu on the left of the toolbar
  • If the style you need is not available, click ‘Select Another Style…’
    • Select the style you want to add
    • Click Choose.

To see a preview of the reference in that style:

  • Click on the Preview tab (next to the Reference tab) in the Reference panel.